Comcast has agreed to negotiate a non-exclusive franchise agreement with West Springfield. Under state and federal law, a provider needs to have a franchise agreement, or they cannot provide cable service to that municipality.
West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt told 22News that city residents have been pushing for a change because of the prices of cable.
Mayor Reichelt said, “Because until 2020 we can’t do anything. We are locked in any way so that was our first opportunity to have the conversation and talk generally about cable and what our options are and how we can get a better deal for everyone moving forward.”
James Galeas of West Springfield said, “I do because it will lower prices. I personally cut cable about five years ago and I just go to Hulu and Netflix and I know a lot of people do that but this will be helpful for the people who do subscribe to cable.”
Because Comcast already has the infrastructure set up in West Springfield, it makes sense to negotiate a franchise agreement with them first.
Any new provider would have to pay for new infrastructure if they take over cable service in West Springfield. Every franchise agreement is contracted for 10 years.
Mayor Reichelt also said they are exploring the possibility of contracting with a separate provider, just for internet service.